Learn to blend up custom squirrel dubbing and tie this mini squirrel leech.
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In this do it yourself tutorial, you can see how easy it is to create your own enhanced dubbing like Laser Dubbing or other blended dubs. With just a little bit of wool and some Ice dubbing or Angelina fibers, you can create and customize a dubbing that is similar to the Senyo’s Laser Dub. For example, the Hareline version of the black dubbing uses a UV pearl enhancer, but what if you were to use green or blue or red Angelina fibers in the mix. This method is a great way to mix up small batches of dubbing quickly and can lead to countless variations. Hopefully you know someone who knits and has some extra wool around that you can put to use.
This method is also great for mixing and blending dubbing. One of my favorite blends is a seal dubbing mixed about half and half with ice dubbing. Seal dubbing is really buggy looking, but quite coarse and can be hard to dub, but the added ice dub allows the dubbing to noodle easier, and you get a real boost with the extra flash. I also use this method to blend colors of the same type. I use a custom blend that includes black, blue, red and green for my dark stonefly patterns. Don’t forget to write on the bag what each blend is, and the ratio you used of each fiber. That way you can easily recreate the dubbing once you run out.
To make Dubbing you’ll need
Angelina Fibers (Ebay link)
Pet groomer rake (like this)
Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
Video Link: DIY Laser Dubbing
Web: Piscator Flies
Dubbing out of the package is great, but sometimes a blend of 2-3 colors and some sparkle might be called for. Andy Burk has put together a short demo on how to make your own blends. Adding a touch of dark dubbing to lighter colors i a nice way to get a more natural mottled look to your flies. For adding a bit of sparkle, add some antron, for more sparkle dig out the Diamond Dubbing.